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Research Fermentation Technician

Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
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Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans or any other legally protected group.

Position Information

Position Title
Research Fermentation Technician

Thayer School

Position Number

Position Purpose

To assist in biotechnology and fermentation research for production of renewable chemicals and especially fuel-grade ethanol by applying established methods, procedures, and techniques.

SEIU Level
Not an SEIU Position


Employment Category
Regular Full Time

Department Contact for Cover Letter
Dr. Evert Holwerda

Special Instructions to Applicants

This position is funded by a grant. Continuation is based upon available funds.

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Key Accountabilities

Note: Continuing employment is based on availability of grant funds.

Experiments - 70%
Conducts experiments by applying established methods and procedures.
Sets up and assists with research protocols and experiments under the general guidance of the principal investigators and other senior investigators in the laboratory; may have primary responsibility for independently setting up, performing and troubleshooting less complex experiments.
Handles, grows, and maintains non-pathogenic microorganisms in an aseptic manner for research and storage. Prepares research solutions and media for on-going research in the fermentation laboratory in a careful, quantitative manner.
Prepares, sets up, sterilizes and operates fermentation flasks and small scale fermentors for research followed by deactivation of fermentations with associated clean-up of vessels and equipment.
Observes experimental results in progress and maintains written records of activities and observations; applies past experience and precedents to identify and troubleshoot problems.
Anticipates unexpected findings and assists in trouble-shooting techniques.
Reconciles results that are disparate from anticipated findings; re-runs techniques as necessary.
Reports experimental results to the principal investigator and other senior laboratory personnel and assists in their analysis
Collaborates with the Principal Investigator in investigating and developing modifications to techniques and documents all new techniques developed in the laboratory.
Adheres to laboratory safety requirements including general and chemical/hazardous waste safety disposal methods
Collects and analyzes data resulting from experimentation/testing.
Summarizes results and prepares progress reports for oral presentation at laboratory meetings.
Prepares appropriate and understandable representations of data such as graphs, charts, tables, statistical summaries, etc.
Contributes to the preparation of scientific manuscripts by drafting portions of the text, preparing graphs, tables, and charts, etc.
Conducts literature searches to assist in establishing new laboratory techniques.

Laboratory - 30%
Accomplishes day-to-day care and housekeeping of laboratory.
Assess the need for and orders all supplies and reagents needed for experiments.
Assists in the maintenance of laboratory equipment and safety records, and in the preparation of routine reagents.
Monitors laboratory equipment and instrument performance; obtains maintenance and repair as necessary.
Maintains computerized records associated with laboratory activities.
Instructs others in laboratory methods, procedures, and techniques and provides technical guidance and direction as required.
Communicates respectfully with a diverse community.

-- Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others. -- Performs other duties as assigned.



Posted: 2020-09-11 Expires: 2020-10-12

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